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Ehire Enrique Adrianza Palma

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 155 lb.

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Ehire Adrianza reached the major leagues towards the end of the 2013 season. He is a nephew of Ozzie Guillen and cousin of Ozney Guillen and Oney Guillen.

Adrianza was signed by scout Ciro Villalobos for the San Francisco Giants in April 2006. That year, he hit only .156/.311/.189 in his pro debut with the DSL Giants. He had 18 errors in 44 games. Back with the same club in 2007, he improved to .241/.325/.351 with 23 steals in 39 tries and 44 runs in 66 games. He also cut his error total to 13. He was 1 for 5 for the Tiburones de La Guaira in the semifinals of the 2007-2008 Venezuelan Winter League, having never played there in the regular season.

The switch-hitter came stateside in 2008, which he split between the AZL Giants (.255/.349/.382 in 15 G), Fresno Grizzlies (3 for 6, 2B, 2 BB) and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (2 for 5, 3 R). In 2009, he batted .258/.333/.327 for the Augusta Green Jackets. He made 30 errors at shortstop. Baseball America rated him as San Fran's #8 prospect going into the 2010 season. In the winter, he was 1 for 8 for the Tiburones.

Adrianza hit .256/.333/.348 with 70 runs and 33 steals (in 48 tries) for the 2010 San Jose Giants while improving his fielding at short to .972. Baseball America listed him as the #13 prospect in the California League, between Rex Brothers and Marc Krauss. He was 4th in the league in steals (behind Jay Austin, Tyson Auer and Francisco Peguero) and tied Juan Perez for third in times caught stealing. Ehire missed much of 2011 with hand injury; when healthy, he played 38 games for Augusta (.231/.315/.378) and 56 for San Jose (.300/.375/.470). He followed with a .234/.282/.338 winter for La Guaira.

In the summer of 2012, Adrianza hit poorly (.220/.289/.310) for the Richmond Flying Squirrels; he did steal 16 bases in 20 tries while fielding .969 at SS. He had a better winter (.276/.379/.391) for the Tiburones. He opened 2013 with Richmond (.240/.331/.312 in 73 G) then moved up to the Fresno Grizzlies (.310/.409/.441 in 45 G). He stole 17 bases in 25 tries and had six triples. He made his major league debut as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 11th inning with a 2-2 tie against the Arizona Diamondbacks, running for Hector Sanchez. He advanced on a grounder by Gregor Blanco, then scored the game-winning run on a single by Angel Pagan.

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